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I love super easy dinner ideas and this Chicken and Basil Fettuccine is just that. Easily made within the amount of time it takes to cook the pasta, plus an extra 3 minutes!

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  • Rebecca

    Well Kat the Chicken basil fettuccine was an instant success to my 7 and 9 year old boys. I think it will be a regular in my arsenal. I might try it with zymil cream next timeReplyCancel

A very quick and easy weeknight meal, which is perfect for those busy evenings when you don’t have time to cook.

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  • Helen C

    With your slow cooker shredded chicken recipe, do you defrost the chicken breasts first?
    I can’t wait to try it!!
    Thanks HelenReplyCancel

    • Tina W

      I’m thinking that might be a typo, I’ve read you shouldn’t put any frozen meat in a slow cooker – I could be wrong tho!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You can use either frozen or thawed, both for the same amount of time :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    This is so easy and versatile thank you. Could I use fresh fillets and halve the cooking time??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Michelle, You can use frozen or fresh, but cook both for 8 hours on low. I’ve made it with both same times and just as delicious as each other.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    Sounds delicious, will definitely try this recipe! As chicken breasts vary so much in size, would you mind telling me approx what amount of chicken you use in weight (kilograms)? And also I’d be interested to know whether you put the chicken in slow cooker frozen or once defrosted too?? Many thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Hi Kelly, each breast is roughly 250 grams each. You can use frozen or fresh breasts, but cook both for 8 hours on low. I’ve made it with both same times and just as delicious as each other.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Could you clarify Italian salad dressing ? ThanjsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Similar to a french salad dressing, can be found in the aisle at the grocery store with mayo.ReplyCancel

  • romy

    If not using slow what options are available?ReplyCancel

  • Miriam

    We made the BBQ shredded chicken today. Oh YUMMY!!! It was sooo good!!!!!! We served it with salad (because I’d taken a nap instead of cooking veggies and rice like I’d planned! Haha!) and it was super delicious!!! There are 6 of us in our family and there was at least half of the shredded chicken left which I’m freezing in portions for lunches and pizza toppings.
    There was quite a lot of the sauce left in the slowcooker so I put 2kg of chicken drumsticks in and put that back on to cook too! I hate waste so this was ideal 😀
    Thanks so much for the fab recipe!!! Absolutely awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Do you shred the chicken with a fork or put it in a blender? I’ve just put the chicken on to cook!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Hi Sarah, I like to shred the chicken using a fork, i find it much easier.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    This recipe is fantastic…love it! I cooked this chicken from frozen just because I failed to plan. I cut the BBQ sauce back to 1 cup and used a little less sugar too. There was still lots of sauce so I took the lid off the slow cooker near the end of the cooking time for around 20 mins and this reduced the sauce quite a lot. Have restocked my chicken breast supply for this week and going to make it again – thanks for sharing.
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Easy family dinner recipe idea – savoury sausages with pineapple baked in the oven. Kids will enjoy this recipe

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  • Julie

    Oh this is great, thanks. It’s very similar to a recipe of my Mum’s which I make every so often, but in hers you cook the sausages and make the sauce separately. I love that you can throw it all in the same dish in this version and just bake it. Anything that saves washing an extra frying pan and saucepan is a winner in my books.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Julie, less mess the better.:)ReplyCancel

  • I don’t mind pineapple in savoury so I think I’d really like this! Have you ever had a warm pineapple tart? They’re really good and I wonder if it would get around the hot pineapple thing? :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no i have never had pineapple tart before but now you mention it Lorraine i think it is something i am going to have to make. Sounds very yummy!ReplyCancel

  • This is the best timing! I just grabbed a packet of sausages out of the freezer and hadn’t decided what to do with them. Perfect! Thanks :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! I honestly have to say it has become a family favourite dish in our house at the moment.:)ReplyCancel

Can’t get enough of Mexican Food!  Chimichangas are commonly known as a tortilla rolled round a savory filling and deep fried.  I don’t own a deep fryer, for health benefits I pefer to oven bake everything. These Chicken Chimichangas makes 8 parcels, my kids would eat 2 each.  To make them feed more, serve one parcel […]

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  • Its been a while since i saw a recipe I wanted to try, but this is fabulous!! Quick, easy and something we can do with the kids – brilliant! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They really are so yummy and my kids love helping make them too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    These look delicious…am thinking they would cook perfectly in my air fryer :-). What Mexican cheese did you use Kat? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Amanda, I used the Mexican cheese by Coon. It’s a shredded cheese.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I made these tonight and whilst we all enjoyed them I found them a little heavy. I will make again but cut back on the cheese and cream cheese and add some veges in. I think some capsicum and corn and fresh coriander would work well.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Veggies sound lovely in it too, great idea Rachel.ReplyCancel

I think it’s perfectly acceptable to have toasted sandwiches for dinner, especially when you have had a nutritious dinner the night before and eaten reasonably healthy through the day.  Toasted sandwiches are perfect for those nights that you really can’t be bothered with dinner, a great easy dinner idea that I am sure your family will enjoy too. This […]

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This tomato bruschetta mix on top of oven baked chicken is a deliciously fresh combination. An easy meat and 3 vegetable dinner.

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  • Cheryl

    this looks delicious I’m going to make it tonight as I have quite a few tomatoes I need using. Kat I love all your recipes they are easy and practical thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Cheryl, this is quick and easy I hope you enjoy it !ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Hi Kat. Sounds like a yummy and refreshing dinner. I experimented with a similar chicken recipe recently. I called mine Greek Chicken – it was basically chicken thighs marinated in lemon and oregano, pan fried then over the top – some chopped cherry tomatoes, sliced red onion, goats cheese and drizzled with olive oil(plus salt and pepper of course!)ReplyCancel

  • This looks delicious! I’m a big fan of bruschetta so this will be yum! I also love using my oven. Warms up the house in winter and it’s easy to walk away and get other stuff done :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Pearce

    Hi Kat I always worry when cooking chicken breast that it will be too dry. Does the bruschetta mix counteract that?ReplyCancel

Chicken Enchiladas are one of our family favourite Friday night dinners, I think I say this all the time when I share a mexican recipe, but we truly do love anything and everything mexican in our household.  I love that this recipe is so quick and easy to prepare, with the option to poach your own […]

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  • Yum! I can see myself making this and keeping portions of it for other nights! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Lorraine.:) They are super delicious and freeze really well too. Though ours don’t make it to the freezer that often LOL, they make a great next day snack.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kym

    I made these and they were so good! First time and I was a bit concerned but the husband loved them. I was quite proud of myself too :)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Great job, Kym! They are so yummy aren’t they? And i’m pleased hubby enjoyed them too. A popular Friday night dinner in our house.:)ReplyCancel

My mum used to make Tuna Mornay for us all the time as children.  I remember when she began to make this for us, it wasn’t long after she purchased her first microwave oven.  She went and had lessons at the local TAFE on how to use it and came home with a folder full of […]

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  • Leanne McLaren

    I’m a busy busy mum with 3 children and a business from home !!
    I’m a organic hairdresser my be the first I think in Australia I THINK ….??
    I have been cleaning 4 draws a day now for a while
    I have most of my clients doing it too . Try one day it’s unreal what u find love Annie fringe benefits organicsReplyCancel

  • Milly

    My mum always made tuna moray with crushed smith’s chips on top. It was a favourite in our house. Yummo!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is so good isn’t it, Milly!.:) We have always had potato chips on ours.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I make the same recipe, but I serve it with crushed plain chips on top. My kids and hubby love the salty taste of it! Yummy frugal mealReplyCancel

  • Tuna Mornay is my favourite!! The only problem is my hubby doesn’t like tuna so i usually only have it when he’s away! Yum. Thanks for another perfect recipe.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no! Hubby doesn’t realise what his missing out on, Lucy LOL.:) But at least when you do get to make it there is more for you! xReplyCancel

I have made Chow Mein for my family for years.  The kids loved it as toddlers and I found it was a great way to add some vegetables into their meals, with mince which all kids love and a fun element of wiggley noodles.  Now they are getting older I add in more curry for […]

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  • I love chow mein! This looks quick, easy and yummy perfect for a midweek dinner and I love the idea of making a double batch and using leftovers for lunchboxes! Genius!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awe thanks Sammie! It is so good for lunch the next day on toast LOL.:)ReplyCancel

  • One of my husbands favourite recipes is chow mein, butI’m not that great at making it. I’m going to try your recipe next time – I know it will be a winner!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thanks Lucy! I find it’s a great go to dinner and great for those busy nights when the kids have after school sports. Hope your hubby likes it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Yum. I made a similar thing with chicken recently and the kids loved it. I’ll give this beef recipe a go next. How do your kids go with eating it cold the next day? My boys will only have things such as pesto pasta with chicken cold for school lunch but I’d love to try some more leftovers like this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like the sound of chicken too! I might give that i go.:) It is really yummy cold, the kids like it cold too.:)ReplyCancel

  • This looks really delicious! and the pictures are amazing very tasty beef chow mein with noodles .ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you! It is a very tasty meal and so good the next day for leftovers too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Great idea to help get more vegetables in the kids’ meals Kat! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Lorraine.:) I try to throw as many vegetables in as i can xReplyCancel

  • Yum yum yum I cooked this tonight and it was a huge hit with the whole family! Even my 2 little fussy eaters.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is wonderful, Amber! And even better your little one enjoyed it too.:) xReplyCancel

  • Yum, my kids would love this…why have I never made it for them? Super easy too….great idea to use for lunch and I suppose you could mix things up by using chicken mince sometimes…thank you xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It does make a yummy leftover, Monique. And yes Chicken mince would also be very nice.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Thanks Kat…this one was a winner! I probably make chow mien about once a year from an old CWA cookbook. This one was so much more tasty and loved the addition of all the veggies.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is fantastic, Tracey! Happy to hear it was a winner.:)ReplyCancel

I LOVE Mexican with quesadillas being one of my favourite dishes. So easy to make, a great weeknight family meal.

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  • Saam

    Hi Katrina,
    you need to recheck the recipe – the cumin isn’t mentioned in the method and the onion isn’t listed in the ingredients. Oops!ReplyCancel

    • Saam

      My bad, the onion is mentioned, although I think you need to move ‘chopped into wedges’ up next to it instead of the grated cheese.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Your a star Saam thank you for picking that up, all fixed :)ReplyCancel

  • These look delish!! Another one to add to my collection for Sunday night meals!! PerfectReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      it’s a great recipe to have in the collection, hope you all love it too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are the perfect Sunday night dinner! A real favourite in our house.:)ReplyCancel

  • We absolutely love quesadillas! They’re always so good for a quick, tasty meal :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh Lorraine they are so super yummy and a big hit in our house!.:)ReplyCancel

  • We love having them for breakfast with some bacon, grated cheese, shallots and parsley. Perfect any time meal I say :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yum, sounds delicious Briohny!ReplyCancel

I LOVE curried sausages, would have to be one of my favourite meals.  With the kids busy after school commitments of late I have been trying to create recipes that I can quickly prepare and then spend time helping them with homework.  This recipe is great, all you have to do is brown the sausages, mix […]

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  • Was just thinking how I haven’t had curried sausos in a while! YUM xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s a regular occurrence in our household!ReplyCancel

  • Oh Kat! Yum! My husband just saw this recipe over my shoulder and asked when I was making it. It looks delicious (and has solved the problem of what to have for dinner tonight!).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope your family enjoyed it Lucy, very easy to make!ReplyCancel

  • I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one who gets caught on the phone when cooking! My boys are HUGE sausage fans and would love this!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is sol yummy and very easy for those busy afternoons. Hope your boys enjoy it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sheridan

    My kids love curried sausages, will definitely have to try this recipe. thanks Katrina -xx-ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My kiddies love them too, very popular in our house! Hope you and your family enjoy them too.:)ReplyCancel

This is a really easy and quick salad to prepare and a great way to use up left over Christmas Ham or Turkey along with some salad items you may have in your fridge. My salad above was inspired by a traditional cobb salad which uses: lettuce chicken bacon egg avocado cherry tomatoes cheese Using this idea […]

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Ooh we so love Mexican in this household.  The girls and I like most dishes as I make them, but the boys (so macho) like to add in extra dashes of chilli sauce or jalapenos.   We often have chicken rolls for lunch on the weekends, but this took the traditional chicken and mayo roll […]

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  • Michelle Compton

    This recipe sounds so delicious but I have a question. What is capsicum? I’ve never heard of it. I live in America, in Washington State. Does it just go by another name here? Thank you for you wonderdul recipes!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Michelle, I think you call them red peppers. Funny how we have the same things but they are named differently.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Compton

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • caitlyn

    Just made this for lunch and my 14 month old is loving it. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh that is great, so yummy and healthy.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is so dinner toight.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      So yummy and easy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    Can this be frozen? I often make sandwiches for the week on a Sunday and place in the freezer.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sure Monica i can’t see why they couldn’t be.:)ReplyCancel